3 August 2020
Asthma UK & British Lung Foundation Wales have today that 28% of people with a lung condition have seen their income fall as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
31 July 2020
New survey data has found that thousands of people living with a lung condition will continue to hide away even when shielding is officially paused in England, leading to fears of a forgotten underclass of vulnerable people. The survey from Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation of nearly 4,000 people shielding in England, found that 42% plan to continue shielding after the 1 August and 40% are undecided.
People with lung conditions warn they will risk losing their jobs rather then return to unsafe workplaces
30 July 2020
Workers with lung conditions are so worried about returning to their workplace that some will risk being fired if forced to go back, the UK’s leading respiratory charities have warned. A new survey by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation has found that 83% of workers with a lung condition, who have not been going to their workplace, are anxious about their return in the next few months.
9 July 2020
New figures by the ONS have revealed that the number of people smoking in Northern Ireland is at an all time low, but it's still higher than the rest of the UK.
“We have been totally abandoned” people left struggling for weeks as they recover from COVID at home
26 June 2020
New survey findings show that people recovering from mild-moderate COVID are struggling for weeks with symptoms, raising concerns that there is not adequate support for people who have not been in hospital with the illness.
Prime Minister urged by coalition of charities to create a new Mental Health Renewal Plan for England to support the nation’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic
26 June 2020
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation is part of a major coalition of charities who has written to the Prime Minister today to call for a cross-government approach to put the nation’s mental health at the heart of its Covid-19 recovery plan.
24 June 2020
NHS Help Me Quit, and Asthma UK & British Lung Foundation Wales are reiterating their calls during Love Your Lungs Week 2020 for people who smoke to kick the habit and improve their lung health.
18 June 2020
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has launched a technology for lung health hub on their website. This hub aims to empower more people with lung conditions to use technology to help manage their condition better at home.
17 June 2020
New research published by the Department of Health in their “Coronavirus Related Health Inequalities Report” has shown that those living in more deprived communities are more susceptible to Covid-19.
Increasing access to pulmonary rehabilitation for people with lung conditions could save NHS England £69m every year
16 June 2020
If eligible COPD sufferers had access to pulmonary rehabilitation, NHS England could see a reduction of 150,924 GP appointments, and 26,633 fewer hospital admissions per year, according to data released by the Taskforce for Lung Health.
5 June 2020
Alison Cook, Director of External Affairs at the British Lung Foundation, said: “The coronavirus outbreak means a massive rethink about how people can share information with their doctor or nurse. People with respiratory disease who are shielding can’t risk getting on the bus to the doctors or sitting in crowded waiting rooms.
Nearly 2 million people with lung conditions notice improved symptoms as a result of drop in air pollution
4 June 2020
1 in 6 (16.2%) people living with lung conditions in the UK noticed their symptoms have improved as a result of the fall in air pollution levels since lockdown, according to Britain’s leading respiratory charity, the British Lung Foundation.
2 June 2020
80,000 people in Scotland are currently shielding due to the risk posed to them with their respiratory condition. As lockdown begins to ease, Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Scotland are calling for more information to be given to this group to ensure they are not left behind.
1 June 2020
A University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust study shows promising results using rucaparib to treat mesothelioma in patients where chemotherapy has not been effective in controlling the disease.
29 May 2020
Over half (53%) of current smokers with lung conditions were planning to quit smoking due to COVID -19 in May, finds survey by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation.
29 May 2020
The UK’s leading respiratory charity is calling for an urgent review of the shielding rules for the forgotten 500,000 extremely vulnerable people with lung conditions, as new survey figures show the immense toll shielding is taking.
28 May 2020
Alison Cook, Director of External Affairs at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, said: “We have heard from people with severe asthma and lung disease who have been alarmed about receiving official text messages with no explanation, some are saying their GP had also not been told.
21 April 2020
The UK’s leading respiratory charity, Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, today urges everyone who meets the government’s ‘extremely vulnerable’ criteria and should be ‘shielding’ but have still not received an official ‘shielding’ letter or text from the NHS, to check the charity’s advice pages and if they are in one of the shielding groups, to contact their GP or hospital doctor as soon as possible.
7 April 2020
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation have launched a Post-COVID online HUB, and dedicated helpline to support people affected by breathing difficulties after COVID. While evidence on the long-term health effects of COVID is still emerging, a range of early studies have suggested that people hospitalised with severe symptoms from COVID-19 are developing chronic respiratory symptoms.
4 March 2020
Rachael Hodges, senior policy officer at the British Lung Foundation, said: “We welcome this review from Public Health England and the ongoing research into the use of e-cigarettes. It’s discouraging to see that over half of smokers now believe nicotine vaping products are equally or more harmful than smoking, especially when smoking remains the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the UK.